Alexander James Edwards

Tenor

Alexander James Edwards
REVIEWS

Albert Herring / Salzburg Landestheater

“Alexander James Edwards makes Albert his own from his first entrance weighing the herbs, with his velvety soft cantilenas.”

Der Standard

 

Rodolfo: La bohème / Raymond Gubbay Ltd at the Royal Albert Hall, London

"To the good fortune of Saturday evening's audience, an indisposed tenor meant that the appealing Mimì of Alyson Cambridge was partnered by a terrific Rodolfo from another cast. Not having access to a programme (a long story) I wasn't aware of the singer's identity until after the performance, so I assumed that Gubbay had recruited a rising star from lands afar and was preparing to beg opera companies to take note. Instead the message is far simpler: why is Essex-born Alexander James Edwards not already a hot international property? His plangent timbre, at once romantic and heroic, is a rare enough beast and makes him the ideal Italianate tenor."

What’s on Stage

 

Rinuccio: Gianni Schicchi / Opera Holland Park

“Alexander James Edwards’ lyrical Rinuccio…”

Opera

 

“Alexander James Edwards, has an attractive lyric tenor sound, and was suitably dashing in his military uniform."

Opera Britannia

 

“Alexaner James Edwards’ hymn to Florence was finely rapturous. He has an Italianate voice with quite a dark, rich sound which suits some of the more spinto-ish roles. As Rinuccio he sounded more developed and mature than some singers, but James Edwards brought the requisite flexibility to the role too.”

Planet Hugill

 

“…his fervent paean to the wonders of ancient Florence was beautifully rich and velvety of tone and his lovely duet with Lauretta at the close was classic Puccini – a moment of sentimentality to soften the farce.”

Seen and Heard International

 

“Alexander James Edwards is an ebullient Rinuccio.”

Sunday Express

 

“Alexander James Edwards, an Italianate tenor of the first order, is sturdy and ringing as Rinuccio…”

What’s On Stage

 

Pinkerton: Madam Butterfly / Raymond Gubbay Ltd at the Royal Albert Hall, London

“Alexander James Edwards looks the part and acts it confidently, his beefy tone fleshing out the US sailor’s blend of brash and callow.”

The Guardian

 

“Edwards is Pinkerton, anti-hero and all-round rotter, and he makes the best fist of the role I've heard in years. The voice rises easily and powerfully through an imperceptible passaggio and his acting has the throwaway bravura that only true stage animals can achieve.”

What’s On Stage

 

Ruggero: La rondine / Iford Arts

“As Ruggero, Alexander James Edwards is smooth and strong on all his notes, singing with superb accuracy. Sincere and straightforward, with just a hint of the prude, Edwards makes a perfect foil to (Ilona) Domnich’s tantalising siren.”

Bachtrack

 

“Alexander James Edwards (who sang the supporting role of Gobin in the Royal Opera’s 2004 revival) was strongly cast as the young, infatuated Ruggero. Edwards made Ruggero’s diffidence in the face of metropolitan sophistication palpable, and he put his strong, lyrical tenor to fine use in the show-stopping ‘Paris, the city of desire’. He was very touching in his flirtation scene with Magda leading to his declaration of love in Act Two and approached an Alfredo-like gravitas when Magda gives him up in Act Three to return to her old life.”

Classical Source

 

“The naïve, infatuated Ruggero was touchingly portrayed by Alexander James Edwards, whose ardent tenor gave ‘Paris, the city of desire’ a Broadway heft, and he and (Ilona) Domnich were very convincing in the neatly-directed seduction scene.”

Opera

 

“…sings carefully throughout and turns up the emotional volume in the last act.”

The Telegraph

 

Tom Rakewell: The Rake’s Progress / Gothenburg Opera

“…the brilliant British tenor Alexander James Edwards as the unfortunate rake, Tom Rakewell.”

Kultur & Nöje

 

“Best of the cast seems to me the British Alexander James Edwards, who completely inhabited the role of Tom Rakewell. He has an amazing voice and is just cut out for the role.”

Opera Log

 

“Alexander James Edwards was wonderful in the demanding role of Tom Rakewell, singing with glowing beauty.”

Svenska Dagbladet

 

M. Erlanson: A Little Night Music / Théâtre du Châtelet

“The singers in the Liebeslieder quintet are outstanding…”

Financial Times

 

Foresto: Attila / Theater Lübeck

“Alexander James Edwards (Foresto) rose securely to the highest notes.”

HL-Live

 

“Alexander James Edwards, a tenor both melting of tone and powerful…”

Kieler Nachrichten

 

“As Odabella’s fiancé, Alexander James Edwards produces wonderfully beautiful, lyrical arcs of sound.”

NDR

 

Roderigo: Otello / Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liège

“In the other roles, Alexander James Edwards as Roderigo pleased above all..."

OMM

 

Vilar Young Artists Programme Concert / Royal Opera

“In scenes from Act II of Rossini’s Otello, tenor Alexander James Edwards in the title role profited from an Italianate ring to the top of his voice...”

The Stage

 

A Christmas Gala / Ten Tors Orchestra

“Essex girls might grab most of the headlines, but outstanding tenor Alexander James Edwards single-handedly did more for the men of his county, than all the fake tan and stiletto heels put together. With the almost obligatory arias from Messiah, it was obvious that here was a voice to be reckoned with. But James’s stunning performance of three of Puccini’s best-loved numbers, and an equally impassioned account of Bizet’s Flower Song from Carmen clearly showed what he liked doing best, putting him streets ahead of nearly all the other soloists to have graced this annual Christmas event.”

SouthWestShows

 

The Glory of Christmas / Raymond Gubbay Ltd

“…Alexander James Edwards sang from the soul in O Holy Night and just melted the big audience.”

The Herald



DISCOGRAPHY

Haydn Lo Speziale (role of Sempronio)
Mary Nelson, Agam England-Saar, Daniel Auchincloss
Israel Camerata / Avner Biron
Israel Camerata ‘ Live’ 

Poulenc The Carmelites (role of First Commissioner)
With Catrin Wyn-Davies, Felicity Palmer, Orla Boylan, Josephine Barstow,
Sarah Tynan, Peter Wedd, Ashley Holland
Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera / Paul Daniel
Chandos CHAN 3134 

Verdi Otello (role of Roderigo)
Daniela Dessi, Fabio Armilato, Giovanni Meoni, Cristiano Cremonini
Orchestre et Cheours de l’Opéra Royal de Wallonie / Paolo Arriovobeni
SoloVoce CD42 8553231

AUDIO / VIDEO
Alexander James Edwards sings Puccini: Tosca - E lucevan le stelle